Earth Rise At IONS April 2012

EarthRise at IONS — Grounding the Vision
Each year, the mustard on our local hills bursts with the new life of coming spring. The image of prayer flags in the garden is a beautiful reminder to refresh in our lives those qualities of peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom that the flags send on the wind for the benefit of all. For the "benefit of all" — a thought reminiscent of Edgar Mitchell's 1971, return-to-Earth "aha" realization that we are all part of a living system, a harmonious whole, a "universe of consciousness." As we know, that moment led Mitchell to found the Institute of Noetic Sciences with its mission of consciousness research.

Nearly three decades later, the Institute purchased the former World College West property to "ground" the research mission with a retreat center offering experiential programs. Named EarthRise to honor Mitchell's vision of the rising Earth on his return from the Moon, the name also acts as metaphor for the rise in conscious awareness of all who come to learn, experience, and grow.

Pairing the research aspect of IONS with its experiential counterpart has increased the possibilities of growth, learning, understanding, and community in countless ways. Whether you live near or far, we hope that you are inspired by the events and the potential of EarthRise Center, and encourage you to engage in the spirit of our endeavors. Our newsletters and website are meant to keep you involved and up-to-date on our programs and activities. Our intention is to provide a place where the IONS community can participate in dialogue, learning, shared experience, and growth for the greater good of humankind. We hope that you visit soon and often, at our website and in person.

Thank You

Blue Heron

Blue Heron
Photo: Claudia Holt


  Thank You to our February clients and Workshop Leaders:
  • Courage to Teach, Dominican University
  • Creative Memories, Felicia Schonborn-Young
  • Entheogens Film Festival & Seminar, HopeDance FiLMs
  • Friendly Favors, Leonard Joy
  • Rockwood Leadership
  • The Shift Network Men's Retreat
  • The Shift Network Staff Retreat
  • UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
  • UC San Francisco
  • Valentine's Weekend, Jim and Felicia Matto-Shepard
  • Wisdom Emerging, Lauren Artress/Veriditas

We host retreats, workshops, and client events on an ongoing basis throughout the year at the Retreat Center. Please click here to see our detailed events schedule.

Book Your Group Now for Great Spring Discounts

Peach Blossoms

Peach Blossoms
Photo: Claudia Holt

  Join us at EarthRise for our "Get to Know Us" or "Get to Know Us Better" spring discounts for groups of eight or more—therapeutic and healing organizations; spiritual, yoga, tai chi, and martial arts groups; women's and men's groups; writer's and artist's groups; businesses (think retreats); families (think family reunions); and groups of friends. All types of groups are invited to book our "open" dates at significant savings.

Discounts are for NEW bookings, apply to our customary rates (click here), and include accommodations, conference room, and fresh meals.

April 2012: 40% discount
May 2012: 30% discount
June 2012: 20% discount

Contact Lisa Vanderboom via our inquiry page (click here) to book your stay. Reserve soon, as bookings will be on an "as available basis." When you contact us, please mention the "Get to Know Us" offer in the Comments section of the web page.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Conscious Living Workshops
Come with an Open Mind. Leave with an Open Heart.

  Exploring the Mystery of Consciousness
Peter Russell, MA
March 30–April 1, 2012

Discover the essence of consciousness through the exploration of science, spirituality, self-inquiry and group discussion.

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  Integrating with Your Shadow: Connecting with Your Guide
Ralph Metzner, PhD
April 13–15, 2012

Practice alchemical divination techniques to help you recognize your shadow, clarify perceptions, tap into reservoirs of self-knowledge, dissolve energy blockages, and connect with a true spirit guide.

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  Personal Retreat Weekend
Cathy Coleman, PhD
April 13–15, 2012

For all of you who have been requesting an EarthRise weekend of R & R and quiet reflection with no plans other than quiet walks, exceptional food, and a dip in the hot tub—now is the time. Join us for this weekend of personal time to reflect in nature and be supported by the uncomplicated life at EarthRise.

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  The Healing Power of Huichol Shamanism
Brant Secunda
April 20–22, 2012

Join ceremonial healer Brant Secunda for an introduction to the healing tradition of Huichol Indian Shamanism. Through ancient ceremony, sacred dance, and mindful pilgrimage, learn to connect your human heart to the heart of creation.

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  A Woman's Time Out
Joan Borysenko, PhD, and Karen Drucker
April 21–22, 2012

Connect with the authentic aliveness that you are and discern your unfolding path within an attentive, caring, fun community of women. Let go of the day-to-day. Find the deeper soul currents that guide your life in this revitalizing weekend of inspiration and return to daily life renewed in body, mind, and soul.

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  Vision Quest: Journey to Self through Connection with Nature
Nancy Feehan
May 4–6, 2012

Every Vision Quest is an act of courage and recommitment to a life-affirming path. This weekend retreat offers a unique opportunity to spend 2 nights on the land, experiencing a centuries-old ritual of self discovery and renewal.

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  Conscious Eldering: Aging with Intention and Passion
Ron Pevny
May 26–28, 2012

Discover the types of inner work that facilitate fully claiming and embodying one's potential as an elder. This highly experiential workshop is for those of us approaching our senior years (50+) who wish to age consciously.

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Hosted Programs with Open Enrollments

  Meditation, Transformation, and Healing
Dr. Isaac Eliaz
April 26–29, 2012

Join holistic physician pioneer and meditation/healing expert Dr. Isaac Eliaz for a 4 day/3 night healing immersion retreat. Learn and experience Dr. Eliaz's profound techniques for deepening the mind-body connection and facilitating long-lasting regeneration and healing.

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  Sacred Centers Immersion Retreat
Anodea Judith, PhD; Selene Vega, PhD; Glenn and Michaela Hartelius, PhD; Tulasi Jordan; Jason Auer-Sears
May 6–17, 2012

Join the Sacred Centers Immersion Retreat. This retreat offers several courses taught by different instructors. Courses can be taken individually, or one can attend the whole week.

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  Peace In Process: Ancient Tools for Transition
Helen Boland, CHT, Claudia Holt, and Jason K. Norris
May 11–13, 2012

Together we will experience the power of the wisdom body and the healing insight of the subconscious mind through holistic hypnosis, primordial chi gung, sound and drumming, walking the labyrinth, connecting with the land, writing, and art.

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  Beyond Surviving: Adult Burn Survivor Recovery Retreat
Firefighters Burn Institute
May 18–20, 2012

The Beyond Surviving Retreat offers a unique opportunity for adults who have been affected by the emotional and physical pain of a serious burn injury to meet others who have gone through a similar experience and to build network of support.

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  Transfiguration Retreat 2012
Institute of Awakened Mutuality
May 19–26, 2012

The Institute of Awakened Mutuality is excited to announce the 2012 Transfiguration Retreat. Together with an extraordinary gathering of Waking Down in Mutuality practitioners, mentors, and teachers, we will create an intensely powerful transmission field and sacred container for individual and group awakening.

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Art, Culture, and Consciousness


  First Matter: Paintings by Nicole Buffett
Exhibit: Ends April 12, 2012

My paintings describe an environment built upon the concept of pliancy and adaptation. I use traditional and non-traditional materials, foraged in my travels and time spent in nature, as a reflection and expression of my relationship to the world as a complex habitat for humans. The mediums I use create an outcome of hyper-organic, dimensional imagery where organic material is suspended and encased, layer-by-layer, under a glass-like surface.
— Nicole Buffett

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Lucid Art Foundation. The Lucid Art Foundation curates exhibitions at the IONS Art Space representing local artists who create original work that is consistent with the missions of the Lucid Art Foundation and IONS.

Next Exhibit:
Inner Landscapes
by Al Longo (April 13 - July 12, 2012)

EarthRise Events

  Full Moon Drumming Circle
Jason K. Norris, Lucid Drum
Friday, April 6, 2012 (5:30–7:00 PM)

Come celebrate the Full Moon at EarthRise with Jason K. Norris, founder of Lucid Drum! No musical experience is necessary, and all ages and levels of development are encouraged to participate. Bring your own drum and intentions for the Full Moon! Instruments will also be provided. Donation: $10-$15. Rain may cancel.

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  Full Moon Labyrinth Walk
Friday, April 6, 2012 (7:00–8:00 PM)

Veriditas, in partnership with IONS EarthRise Retreat Center, is offering Full Moon Labyrinth Walks. There is no cost for this hour-long event. Rain cancels. RSVP.

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  Volunteer Work Day: Trail Beautification and Maintenance
Saturday, April 7, 2012 (10:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Come get your hands dirty! Volunteer to help us clean and beautify Five Elements Trail, our primary path through the beautiful rolling hills of EarthRise. You are invited to enjoy the fresh air, spectacular views, and wooded groves as you work. Commune with the land, share the hearty lunch provided by our world-famous kitchen, and end the day knowing you have made a significant contribution to stewardship of the land and visitor experience at EarthRise!

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  An Intimate Conversation About Plants, Fungi, and Animals
Ralph Metzner, PhD, and Kathleen Harrison
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 (5:30 PM–9:00 PM)

Set in the intimate atmosphere of a dinner salon, Ralph and Kat, old friends with vast experience of the titled subject matter, will have a spontaneous, creative conversation about their field of study, what is currently of greatest interest to them and why, and what has fascinated them over the years.

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  Hot Tub Celebration
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (4:00 PM–7:00 PM)

The HOT TUB is up and running!

Please join us in the celebration of our long-awaited dream and the countless people who made it happen.

We look forward to showing you this new addition, sharing what else is in the offing, and, most of all, seeing you here!

Bring a Suit. Bring a Towel. Celebrate!

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  Inner Landscapes - Art Reception
Al Longo
Sunday, April 22, 2012 (3:00–5:00 PM)

Join us for an artist reception with painter Al Longo.

Artist's statement:
All my work is a reflection of nature. Not a representation of nature but rather my feelings of and response to it. The shapes and colors digested and reformed to reflect my reaction to the spirit of the trees, rocks, hills, and waterways from which I create my forms...

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Exhibit: April 13, 2012 – July 12, 2012

Potluck dinners with presentations at EarthRise Center, arranged by Sergio Lub

  Wisdom at Work: Transforming Our Minds, Brains, and World for the Better
Joel and Michelle Levey
Thursday, May 10, 2012 (6:00–9:00 PM)

Potluck dinner followed with a presentation that has inspired hundred of organizations – including Omega Institute, Esalen, Google, NASA – helping people thrive by realizing extra-ordinary levels of inspired leadership and collective wisdom.

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IONS Events

  IONS Lecture Series at Aqus Café, Petaluma
Tuesday Evenings, 7:30–9:30 pm

April 17
The Worldview Literacy Project: How Do We Know What We Know?

The Worldview Literacy Team

May 15
Understanding Our Moment in History: Is the Modern Human Undergoing a Cosmic Rite of Passage

Richard Tarnas, PhD

June 19
Revisioning Slavery's Legacy: What Would Healing Look Like?

Belvie Rooks


  Science of the Siddhis: Exploring Yogic Perfections
Dean Radin, PhD
May 3–6, 2012
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Join Dean Radin and the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas for an in-depth exploration of the nature of the siddhis, extraordinary mental powers which appear in advanced practitioners, from a scientific as well as Yogic perspective.

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  Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation
Cassandra Vieten, PhD and Lawrence Ellis
May 4–6, 2012
Big Sur, CA

Using lecture, video, discussion, creative process, and deeply embodied experiential play, we will weave scientific findings together with wisdom from the world's spiritual traditions and your own authoritative wisdom to explore deep shifts in consciousness, and how they can be integrated into everyday life.

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  Oneness of Being
Tony Redhouse
Thursday, May 24, 2012 (10:00 AM–4:00 PM)

Tony Redhouse, Navajo, brings healing to your soul as he shares Native American music, dance, and stories. Mr. Redhouse has served as a Traditional Consultant to Native American communities and shares his music and teachings with substance abuse recovery, behavioral health organizations, hospice, and cancer patients. Co-sponsored by IONS and The Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education & Research.

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  Noetic Sciences in Italy: The Frontiers of Consciousness Research and Practice
Cassandra Vieten, PhD and Dean Radin, PhD
September 23–28, 2012

Join us in Tuscany, Italy, for a 20-hour continuing education course with IONS Senior Scientist Dean Radin and Director of Research Cassandra Vieten to explore a few big questions. Class is from 9am to 1pm, afternoons and evenings free to let yourself be embraced by the Tuscan countryside.

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Contact Us

EarthRise Image by Scott Hess

EarthRise Retreat Center at Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Located on 194 acres of beautiful rolling hills just 26 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, we offer meeting facilities, cuisine, and accommodations for educational programs, workshops, and retreats for groups of up to 120 people.

Book Your Event
For information on how to reserve meeting space and accommodations for your workshop or group as an independent presenter, click here or contact Lisa VanderBoom, Bookings and Contracts Manager: 707/779-8224,
Register for an Event
Conscious Living Workshops (CLW): For information or to sign up for a workshop offered by EarthRise Retreat Center at IONS, click here and go to the specific program you wish to attend. Or contact Jan Fischer, Education Program Manager: 707/779-8202,

Hosted Programs: for information or to register for an independent presenter hosted program or workshop, click here and go to the specific program you wish to attend.